Published: 18.09.12
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Former Director of OPET joins KOF

Ursula Renold, former director of the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology, will join the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich. Mrs. Renold will be responsible for developing the field of “education system”.

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Ursula Renold was Director of the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology until the end of June 2012. From April 2013 on, she will be responsible for developing the field of “education system” at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich (Copyright: OPET)
Ursula Renold was Director of the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology until the end of June 2012. From April 2013 on, she will be responsible for developing the field of “education system” at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich (Copyright: OPET) (large view)

Beginning in April 2013, Ursula Renold will head the recently established “education systems” field of research in the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich. The aim of the new field is to compile comparative country studies on selected areas of the education systems as well as recommendations on potential areas of cooperation to improve the positioning of the Swiss education, employment and in particular, the vocational training system.

Ursula Renold and her team will work closely with international institutions as well as with Swiss trade and industry, and will assist the latter with the export of education through feasibility studies and with the international marketing of the Swiss education system. Such education system issues are closely linked to the innovative ability and the labour market structure of a society and cannot be viewed in isolation from the public finances, states the KOF in a press release.

Mrs. Renold was Director of the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) from the end of 2005 until June 2012 and will remain at Harvard University (USA) as a Visiting Fellow for research purposes until she takes up her new post. Ursula Renold studied history, economics and sociology and gained a Ph.D. in history in 1998. She managed the AKAD Business School in Zürich for two years and was Senior Assistant at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the ETH Zurich. In 2010 she was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency in Mannheim.

 
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